The Armourer’s Reckless Behavior and Possible Hangover
In the ongoing investigation into the tragic prop gun shooting on the set of Rust, prosecutors have made troubling allegations against Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the weapons supervisor. According to prosecutors, Gutierrez-Reed was not only drinking and smoking marijuana during the production of the film, but she also likely loaded a live bullet into the revolver used by Alec Baldwin while being hungover.
These accusations have emerged in response to a motion filed by Gutierrez-Reed’s lawyers, seeking to dismiss the involuntary manslaughter charge against her. The prosecutors argue that Gutierrez-Reed has a history of reckless conduct and should be held accountable for her actions.
Strong Rebuttal by the Defense
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed’s lawyer, Jason Bowles, strongly criticized the prosecution, stating that they have mishandled the case and resorted to character assassination claims. He emphasized that the case against Gutierrez-Reed is weak and the prosecution is failing to pursue justice.
Further Legal Proceedings Await
A preliminary hearing for Gutierrez-Reed is set to take place in August, where a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to proceed with the charge of involuntary manslaughter. Additionally, the prosecutors have stated that they will decide within the next 60 days whether to re-charge Alec Baldwin, depending on the results of an analysis of the faulty gun.
Remembering Halyna Hutchins
The tragic incident resulted in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured the film’s director, Joel Souza. Hutchins, pictured with her son Andros, will be remembered for her talent and contributions to the film industry.
Questions Surrounding the Investigation
Gutierrez-Reed’s defense has questioned the integrity of the prosecution, alleging improper political motives. They have raised concerns about the handling of the gun by the FBI, arguing that it has led to the destruction of evidence. The defense also asserts that Gutierrez-Reed is facing unfair prosecution, violating her rights under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution.
Seeking Answers and Justice
The investigation into the source of the live rounds found on set is still ongoing, with prosecutors actively trying to uncover the truth. They have indicated that there may be additional charges if evidence emerges linking Gutierrez-Reed to the incident.
It is a tragic and concerning case that has raised questions about safety protocols on film sets and the responsibilities of those involved in handling firearms. As the legal process continues, the hope is that justice will prevail, providing some measure of closure and preventing similar incidents in the future.